Kérastase are a beauty brand that fall under the ever-expanding L’oreal umbrella. I was first introduced to this haircare brand through a hair salon sometime around fifteen years ago I would guess. Basically, it is a luxury haircare brand that you won’t find stocked on the shelves of your local supermarket. As I have suffered with a dry and flaky scalp since the tender age of 12, the very first product that I was impressed with and subsequently purchased from the range was the bain exfoliant purifiant shampoo. This has since been discontinued as it contained microbeads. It was a fantastic product for removing that dry flaky layer of skin from the surface of the scalp. I would love to see it return obviously with an updated environmentally friendly exfoliant as opposed to microbeads.
Unfortunately, with luxury products comes a hefty price tag. Each shampoo and conditioner costs around €20 each. Although I am pleased to announce that these prices have dropped over the years and if you search online, quite a few well-known beauty sites run regular promotions on them. I have recently (over the past few months) tried out two different shampoos and one conditioner from the brand. I was particularly interested in the use of more natural based ingredients and seeing as my scalp is always temperamental, more scalp friendly products. I have detailed below my overall thoughts and opinions regarding the aura botanica bain micellaire riche shampoo, aura botanica soin fondamental conditioner and specifique bain vital dermo-calm shampoo. Formulated with 96% natural ingredients the aura botanica range is Kérastase’s most natural based haircare range. You know me, as soon as I read the press release for this particular range I knew I had to try it out. I must thank Hailey from L’Oréal for kindly sending me out these products to try.
Kérastase Aura Botanica Bain Micellaire Riche – €25.95 for 250ml
First of all I have to mention the beautiful earthy coloured bottle. I think it is the perfect colour to represent a more natural based product. Secondly, I must point out that this shampoo is suited to people who have dry hair as it contains a lot of nourishing oils. If you have oily or fine hair it may be too heavy for you and cause your hair to look even oilier or limp. As both my skin and hair suffer from dehydration and dryness, I was very intrigued to see what effect it would have on me. As the name suggests this dark toned ‘riche’ shampoo is packed full of nourishing Brazil nut oil and rice bran oil. It contains no sulfates, silicones or parabens.
What I really like about this shampoo is its delicate and slightly earthy scent and its ability to create a decent lather. I find it really helps remove any product build up and dry skin from my scalp and hair. I just love the feeling of having squeaky clean hair. The natural Brazil nut oil helps nourish the hair whilst also encapsulating each strand in a protective barrier. The shampoo itself contains natural caramel coloured pigments. As my hair is dark, I have not noticed any difference to the overall colour of my hair but it may be something to be careful with if you have fair hair. Results wise my hair is left feeling soft and well nourished and looking shiny and healthy. It does not dry out or cause the hair to tangle. I always apply the Aura Botanica Soin Fondamental Conditioner afterwards as I feel they work well together.
List Of Ingredients
Water, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Coco-Betaine, Glyceryl Oleate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Chloride, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Salicylic Acid, Hydrogenated Coconut Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Caramel, Linalool, Citronellol, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa Bran Oil / Rice Bran Oil, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance.
Price wise a bottle of the aura botanica shampoo will set you back around the €24 mark, which is pretty pricey. However, when it comes to the time that I need to reorder, I always do a quick google to see if there are any offers on. The vast majority of the time the likes of lookfantasic and Hair HQ have an offer on for 20% off which really helps. They also do good multipack deals so it is worth keeping an eye on. I am all about getting a good deal. Why pay more when you don’t have to? I have happily repurchased this shampoo a number of times since trying it out.
Kérastase Aura Botanica Soin Fondamental Conditioner – €29.95 for 200ml
I am one of those people who definitely cannot skip the conditioner step, otherwise, I would scare the living daylights out of you. I would literally be a mass of frizz. Having said that it can be difficult to get the right balance in a conditioner. I would consider the condition of my hair as being dry and damaged but if I apply too heavy a conditioner it will just weigh it down and make my hair appear greasy. For me personally the right balance would be something nourishing and lightweight without being overly thick. I like to have my hair feeling conditioned whilst also having it look shiny and bouncy.
This luxuriously scented aura botanica fondamental conditioner is packed full of nourishing natural ingredients to make your hair look and feel its best. The main ingredients being coconut, argan and sweet orange oils. The coconut and argan oils nourish each strand of hair whilst the sweet orange oil creates a delicious scent. This conditioner does not contain any silicones, sulphates or parabens. I find this conditioner particularly easy to use. Although slightly thicker in consistency to the shampoo, the milky formula simply melts into the hair. It smells wonderful and leaves the hair feeling nourished. I tend to apply roughly a grape sized amount of product to the lengths and ends of my hair.
List Of Ingredients
Water, Coco-Glucoside, Coco-Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Glycerin, Cocamide Mipa, Sodium Chloride, Brassicamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Sodium Benzoate, Salicylic Acid, Caramel, Linalool, Citronellol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil/Argan Oil, Cocos Nucifera Oil/Coconut Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Fragrance.
I think this conditioner works perfectly in conjunction with the Aura Botanica micellaire Richie shampoo. My hair is left feeling easy to manage and looking shiny and healthy, which is the goal isn’t it? It is pretty pricey but like the riche shampoo, I tend to buy it when it is on offer. If I find a good conditioner that is thick and creamy enough to treat my hair without weighing it down, I find a small amount of product is all that is required to get good results. I would rather spend my money on a good conditioner like this than a cheaper alternative where I nearly have to apply half the bottle to get the desired results. I have also happily repurchased this conditioner on a number of occasions but seeing as I only need to use a small amount of product it lasts me far longer than the bottle of shampoo.
Kérastase Specifique Bain Vital Dermo-Calm Shampoo – €22.95 for 250ml
Everything about the Kérastase Spécifique Bain vital dermocalm shampoo sounded right up my street so I was very intrigued to try it out on my temperamental scalp. Promising to remove any trace of grease or impurities from the surface of the scalp whilst also calming any irritation pretty much describes my requirements in a shampoo to a tee. I have searched in vain to find the perfect shampoo to achieve these goals so as soon as it arrived I jumped straight into applying it.
This scalp friendly shampoo is hypoallergenic, dermatologically tested and does not contain any silicone. The main ingredients being glycerin and calophyllum oil which form a protective barrier on the surface of the skin and also help calm and soften the scalp. This barrier helps repair damaged skin beneath it whilst also preventing harsh chemicals penetrating through. Tingling menthol gently cleanses and refreshes the scalp whilst piroctone olamine that possesses both antibacterial and antifungal properties helps reduce any feelings of irradiation i.e the dreaded itch. If you suffer with scalp psoriasis you will be all too familiar with this unbearable itch!
List Of Ingredients
Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Citric Acid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Peg-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate, Propylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat, Ammonium Hydroxide, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Glyceryl Laurate, Sodium Methylparaben, Salicylic Acid, Ethylparaben, Polyquaternium-10, Niacinamide, Menthoxypropanediol, Piroctone Olamine, Sunflower Seed Oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Sodium Acetate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Blue 1, Tocopherol, Magnesium Nitrate – Rosemary Extract, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Magnesium Chloride, Methylisothiazolinone, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance.
Note: contains parabens
Yes this shampoo is easy to use, lathers really well and smells pleasant but no matter how many times I applied it, it just did not work for me. In all honesty it aggravated my sensitive scalp. I took my time and used up the entire bottle but for whatever reason it did not suit my hair or scalp. My scalp was left feeling dry and tight and my hair feeling dry and coarse. I even got Kev to try it out and he found it dried out his hair too. I really wanted to love this shampoo but no matter what I did it was determined to not suit me. As I was left feeling quite disappointed with the overall results, unfortunately, I will not be repurchasing it.
I hope you enjoyed my honest review of these very different haircare products. Unfortunately sometimes haircare or even beauty products just don’t work for you and for me as much as I tried the Kérastase Specifique Bain vital dermo calm it just did not want to play ball. Having said that I got on great with the Kérastase Aura Botanica Bain Micellaire Riche Shampoo and Kérastase Aura Botanica Soin Fondamental Conditioner and like I mentioned above have repurchased them both.